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Thriller . Science Fiction . Action . Sci-Fi

Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

Actors: Antonio Banderas , Birgitte Hjort Sørensen , Dylan McDermott , Robert Forster , Tim McInnerny , Andy Nyman , David Ryall , Andrew Tiernan , Christa Campbell , Christina Tam , Melanie Griffith
Directors: Gabe Ibáñez
Release: 2014-10-17
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  • Keith Uhlich

    The early scenes of Gabe Ibáñez’s impressively mounted but uneven thriller do some terrific dystopian world-building.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Oktay Ege Kozak

    With all of its glaring faults, Automata has some shining moments, most of which come during the surprisingly emotional climax.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    Once the film hits the desert, a little before the halfway point, Jacq has the energy sucked out of him and so does the film, limping along while he repeatedly throws histrionic fits.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Yet another “Blade Runner” knock-off, a sci-fi dystopia about robots getting too smart for humanity’s own good on an already sun-cooked Earth.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Visually inspired but thematically derivative.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    There are interesting ideas here, but they are swallowed up in dull, poorly choreographed shootouts and other action nonsense.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The performances range wildly from high (Banderas) to low (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Jacq’s pregnant wife) to you-must-be-kidding (Melanie Griffith as both a scientific genius and a prostitute android).

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Automata approximates the look and feel of idea-driven science fiction, but it doesn’t have any actual ideas. That future looks bleak.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Automata has moments of tremendous visual and storytelling elegance which are punctuated with ham-fisted characterization and thunderingly terrible acting.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    Science fiction is often used in allegorical fashion. It may not be fair to judge Automata by this gauge, but the film is so deathly somber and heavy-handed that I can only assume director Gabe Ibáñez wanted to tell us Something Important. Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Much like a spate of recent summer blockbusters, there's a tiring sense that every single facet of the narrative has to be rendered with truculent solemnity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jonathan Holland

    The overwrought, uncontrolled sci-fi thriller Automata is a disappointing example of a film which lacks the imagination to follow persuasively through on its engaging initial premise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jay Weissberg

    Even for sci-fi, some logic has to enter the plot, which also needs to be devoid of major holes if it’s not to fall into ridiculousness, and that, unfortunately, is where Automata lies.

    Variety Full Review
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